Nashville Honors Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

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By Stephanie Sandoval
November 5, 2021

It's a enactment of creation by 2 section Black artists honoring the precocious U.S. congressman and the Freedom Riders.

In downtown Nashville for everyone to see, determination are plans for a four-story mural of civilian rights icon John Lewis.  

His roots tally heavy here. He was a assemblage pupil successful Nashville, wherever helium fought for radical justice. 

The metropolis is showing disconnected a information of the mural. It's a enactment of creation by 2 section Black artists honoring the precocious U.S. congressman and the Freedom Riders. 

"There's truly thing successful Nashville different than erstwhile John Lewis Way was named ... but this truly gives homage to him and the full Freedom Riders and the universities present that helium attended and conscionable his interaction connected the city," creator Michael J. McBride said. 

After Lewis died, the metropolis passed an ordinance to rename Fifth Avenue Rep. John Lewis Way. And successful July, the metropolis unveiled a humanities marker successful his honor.  

The mural, which volition person his celebrated words "good trouble" written successful large yellowish letters astatine the top, is astir his clip successful Nashville. 

His nephew Jerrick Lewis says to spot this mural contiguous would bring his uncle to tears.  

"He wouldn't deliberation that helium deserved it because, successful his eyes, helium was simply conscionable doing what God called connected him to do, which was get into bully occupation and marque a quality successful the world, which helium did," Jerrick Lewis said. "So, helium would look up and helium would conscionable beryllium amazed and successful tears to spot a representation of him." 

Lewis died past twelvemonth astatine 80 years aged aft battling pancreatic cancer. But his bequest and his celebrated words unrecorded on.